Road Less Traveled (A)
This unit is based on the philanthropic beliefs of three cultures and their impact on the development of the tradition of philanthropy in the United States.
This lesson may stand on its own as an introduction to the concept of philanthropy or lead into the unit exploring philanthropy of different geographic traditions. Students listen to a read-aloud picture book that illustrates the value of giving gifts that are good for the giver and receiver. We expand thinking of potential gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
We build empathy and respect for people and giving traditions by listening to stories and traditions of present-day Native Americans. Students practice listening and taking notes to capture key ideas.
In this lesson, students read quotes and background on European Americans that exemplify their giving traditions. Students listen and summarize passages, and then illustrate one person's view or experience and place the illustration and quote on a classroom timeline in relation to the other students' illustrations and quotes (and historical context). They each report on their person in timeline order and discuss similarities across European American views.
Students read about the philanthropic traditions of early African-American culture and place the values of giving in a hierarchy circle.